Augmented Reality is an intimate troupe of three gifted musicians whose roots trace back to opposite corners of the globe, only to converge in New York for an instrumental collaboration that fuses East, West, North, and South.
Pianist Roy Assaf and drummer Ronen Itzik, both originally from Israel, worked together on a previous recording project, and their musical synergy sparked the creation of a new direction in jazz. With the addition of Peruvian bassist Jorge Roeder the trio became Augmented Reality, a name which aptly describes the feeling of the jazzy improvisations and syncopations that layer in melodies of world appeal. Their varied cultural and social backgrounds bring Middle Eastern, Latin, and European influences to the music, blending them harmoniously in subtly provocative but accessible instrumentation that introduces a fresh dimension to jazz.
Through these multicultural interpretations, Assaf, Itzik, and Roeder elevate simple themes with melodies that instantly have listeners singing along. They embolden these themes with the spontaneity and dynamism of improvisation and with a contrast between percussion and melody that creates a remarkable time elasticity in a tune’s progression. The result is an unforgettable journey for pedestrian listeners and jazz aficionados alike